I discovered Olga Noes on Instagram. This should not come as a big surprise especially in today's world. From an early age, she knew who Picasso and El Greco were. Based out of Tennesseeshe is really drawn towards pop surrealism and urban art. Completing her first art solo show felt amazing to her and was a major milestone. She received a lot of positive feedback. Olga states, " As an artist, it feels like you’ve graduated to an entirely new level and gives you more confidence." She defines art as anything that does not involve feces or piss. She is open to consider anything to be considered art with the exception of fecal matter. That sounds pretty interesting if you ask me. I learned a lot about her through this interview.
Why are you still into art?
I’m not sure! Everyday I wake up, drink my coffee and begin sketching or painting. I can’t help it! It’s how I pay my bills at the moment, so it’s kind of paramount to my survival. I love scouring the internet for new artists and new work by artists I love. I am pretty hard to impress, though. I just recently discovered an artist, Zan Von Zed, and was blown away. It’s nice when that happens—when you see a style and aesthetic that’s completely new and foreign. Seeing amazing new work makes it all the more difficult to distance yourself from making new stuff.
What is it about art that inspires you? Why?
Hm. I think that’s a really difficult question to answer articulately—for me at least. I don’t think I quite know what it is that inspires me with regard to visual art. If I see something really great, it definitely makes me want to get off my butt and go make something immediately. I’m greatly influenced by models of the 1990s, photography, music and movies, though. Atmosphere is a great means to creativity. I can watch a movie or listen to a song and get in a heads pace that forces me to make something beautiful or tragic. I like witty art, though. I like art that makes you think, “Damn, I wish I was clever enough to think that up.” Ron English, Ben Frost and Keith P. Rein are just spectacular at witticisms. James Hance is amazing too.
Who inspires you? Why?
There are so many, really! Glenn Arthur, Lori Earley, Mark Ryden, Bec Winnel, Casey Weldon, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Michael Shapcott, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Kevyn Aucoin, David Lachapelle, Cecy Young, Paolo Roversi, David Fincher, Lars von Trier...the list goes on and on. I think the one thing all these people have in common is they’re very contemporary. They’re not particularly ‘sunny’, which I like also. Models are really inspirational too! Kirsty Hume, Shalom Harlow or Aurélie Claudel have faces that send me into a creative frenzy! I’m very taken with the structure of someone’s face.
Why are you so passionate about this?
Quite frankly, I don’t know that I am very passionate about art! I’m driven to create, almost to an unhealthy point. I draw and paint because I have a compulsion to do so, and sometimes it turns out to be nice to look at too—an added bonus. I simply don’t think I can stop! I don’t think passion enters the picture; it’s an addiction.
What would you describe as a good work of art?
I am very picky with regard to what I like. A good work of art is super subjective, though. I can distinguish between what I personally like and what is technically masterful. I see a lot of really gifted artists with technical skills that are just mesmerizing, but the subject matter they choose bores me to tears! There’s a market for it, though, a fabulous market for it! I just have a certain aesthetic I gravitate towards. I don’t like happy. I don’t like smiles. I don’t like candids. I think happy is pretty boring. This isn’t because I’m a miserable sot! I just think tragedy and sadness equals humanity at its most vulnerable, and I think that’s really beautiful and interesting. It also allows your imagination to run wild. If you see a painting of a sullen girl with bloodshot eyes it makes you wonder, “What’s wrong with her? What happened? Is she sick? Did someone die?” If you see a painting of a girl smiling, you’re thinking, “Hm…she’s happy.”
Where do you see your future in art?
I try not to think about it. I’m so spastic and have so many different interests. My degree is in political science, and I’d still kind of like to go to law school. The protection and preservation of the environment is absolutely the focus of my life, above anything else. A lot of times I feel guilty using certain materials with my work because I know they are not the best for the world’s well being. There’s always room for improvement. I am obscenely passionate about consumer education in the United States with regard to foods and pharmaceuticals. My earlier work was more political in nature, and that may be the direction it goes back to. Or I may revert back to the white collar world and let the art slip back. Who knows? I’m super indecisive and open to explore just about anything. At this point, though, I’m really driven to refine the aesthetic of my artwork. I don’t know how it will evolve, but that’s pretty much been the trend thus far. I never know exactly where I’m going with it. That’s part of the fun and thrill, though! I picked up the watercolors in January 2012, and they’ve become my most popular pieces. So, they kind of chose me rather than the other way around.
"Of course, an artist may wish to convey a certain meaning in their work, but I kind of feel a piece means whatever the viewer takes from it. A lot of times I just have a vision in my head, and I’m compelled to get it out on paper or canvas. I may not know what the meaning behind it is. A lot of times I’m just trying to create an aesthetic that matches the vision in my head." - Olga